Maid, 28, falls to her death from 27th floor flat while cleaning windows

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 4:39pm
UPDATED : Friday, 24 January, 2014, 9:42am

An Indonesian domestic helper fell to her death yesterday while cleaning the windows of a public housing flat on the 27th floor of a building in Wong Tai Sin.

The woman, 28, fell out of a kitchen window at Cheung Yuen House in the Chuk Yuen North estate at about 9.30am.

She landed on the first-floor podium of the building, police said.

"As the 87-year-old female employer went to the toilet, she saw the maid cleaning windows in the kitchen," a police officer said.

"When she came out, she realised the helper had disappeared and a window was wide open. She looked down and saw the maid lying on the podium."

The employer then called the police.

The maid was declared dead by paramedics at the scene, a police spokeswoman said.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

It is believed the domestic helper arrived in Hong Kong earlier this month.

The city has seen similar accidents involving foreign domestic helpers.

In August last year, an Indonesian maid, 32, and an 18-month-old boy fell to their deaths from a 19th-floor flat in Yau Tong.

Police believed the maid had been carrying the toddler as she collected laundry from a clothes-drying rack attached outside the window, but lost her balance and fell with the boy.

In August 2012, another Indonesian helper, 27, fell while cleaning windows in a flat at Bayview Terrace, Tuen Mun.

In February 2011, an Indonesian helper, 35, fell out of a 22nd-floor flat while cleaning a window in a Sha Tin flat.

She landed on a podium and was declared dead at Prince of Wales Hospital.

The city is home to 300,000 migrant domestic helpers, most of them women from Indonesia and the Philippines.